Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady
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Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady

By (author) Samuel Richardson , Edited by John Richetti , Edited by Toni Bowers

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Tells the story, in letters, of the beautiful and virtuoso Clarissa Harlowe's pursuit and abduction by the rake Robert Lovelace. The epistolary structure allows Richardson to create layered and fully realized characters, as well as an intriguing uncertainty about the reliability of the various "narrators". The abridgment is designed to retain the novel's rich characterizations and relationships, and reproduces individual letters in their entirety wherever possible.

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  • Paperback | 800 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 33.02mm | 816.46g
  • 15 Jan 2011
  • Broadview Press Ltd
  • Peterborough
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 1551114755
  • 9781551114750
  • 351,339

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Toni Bowers is Professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania. John Richetti is A.M. Rosenthal Professor (Emeritus) of English at the University of Pennsylvania. Both have published widely on eighteenth-century fiction.

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"Arguably the best novel published in Great Britain in the eighteenth century and an undisputed landmark of European literature, Clarissa, at over a million words, is too long for the undergraduate classroom. Here, finally, is an abridgment that, while reducing its length, remains faithful to the spirit of the original. Based on the text of the third edition and judiciously edited by Toni Bowers and John Richetti, the Broadview Clarissa superbly fills a long-standing pedagogical need. With its excellent introduction, detailed notes, and generous background and contextual materials, this edition makes Richardson's masterpiece accessible to twenty-first century students."--Albert J. Rivero

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